RAPPED TO BE HEARD
HE’S a rap superstar and, as if to amplify his status as a gifted wordsmith, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
But, last night, LA rapper Kendrick Lamar (above) chose literature of the street when he told a capacity filled Rod Laver Arena: “This will be the livest mother-----experience of your life.”
The crowd — arms flailing wildly, spitting Lamar’s lyrics word for word — certainly agreed with him.
The 80-minute set leaned heavily on Lamar’s universally acclaimed and politically charged DAMN album (2017), but also earlier career highlights like Swimming Pools (Drank), King Kunta and his Travis Scott collaboration, Goosebumps.
In an era of indecipherable mumble rap, Lamar, backed by a live band, flexed his skills as an MC and showman.
Kendrick Lamar performs a second show at Rod Laver Arena tonight.